The Porcupine Abyssal Plain Sustained Observatory (PAP-SO) monitors long-term change in the environment of the Northeast Atlantic out to the west of the UK. It records everything from atmosphere and weather, surface ocean physics, chemistry, and biology, conditions in the deep-ocean interior, to the day-to-day lives of the animals that live on the seafloor 3 miles below the ocean surface. The observatory is coordinated by the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, as part of CLASS funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. The PAP-SO forms a key part of the UK’s commitment to a larger international network ocean observatories that aim to monitor change in the global ocean.

Keep up to date with the latest activities on board the PAP expedition

Our team are making regular updates. Check out the blog entries below.